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Royal Holloway University of London for Biomedical Science?

Does anyone know whether or not it is a good university, in terms of affordability, support, quality of teaching, student satisfaction etc.?
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Hi, I went to RHUL for Biochemistry (so many of my modules were overlapping with Biomedical Sciences all 3 years).
I personally loved it there and am so glad I cleared into RHUL as opposed to my first choice because it was a campus university and I had a great experience.
The teaching quality in the department of biosciences is pretty good in my opinion, you can always email or go to the lecturers when you need them and they hold revision sessions towards exam season. My lecturers even let me borrow their own textbooks when the library had run out during exam season.
There's tutorial every month or so where your tutor will set you work that is based on upcoming work you might have to do e.g. if you have to do a project presentation, your tutorial work will be to practice that and present it in your tutor group to receive feedback.

In terms of university, I think it's a good university, top 30 (at the moment 23 on Complete University Guide which is above a lot of Russell Group universities).
Most of the halls are quite modern and if you're fortunate enough to live in Founders Hall, it's absolutely beautiful and you can roll out of bed in your pajamas if you have a lecture in the Main Hall (which is in the Founders building).

Affordability, it's part of the University of London but slightly cheaper than London and there's so many opportunities on campus for part-time jobs e.g. student ambassador, library assistant, resident advisor which are all above minimum wage and I had 3 part-time jobs supplementing my income and it didn't add to my workload or stress. The student union shop isn't terribly priced, there's also a fresh food market by the students union and an asian market. We also have days when there's hot food stalls outside there and it's unreasonably priced. Event nights also do some cheap drinks or deals like 2 for 1.

I enjoyed RHUL far more than going to one of the top 5 UK universities for my master's.
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Original post by Anonymous
Hi, I went to RHUL for Biochemistry (so many of my modules were overlapping with Biomedical Sciences all 3 years).
I personally loved it there and am so glad I cleared into RHUL as opposed to my first choice because it was a campus university and I had a great experience.
The teaching quality in the department of biosciences is pretty good in my opinion, you can always email or go to the lecturers when you need them and they hold revision sessions towards exam season. My lecturers even let me borrow their own textbooks when the library had run out during exam season.
There's tutorial every month or so where your tutor will set you work that is based on upcoming work you might have to do e.g. if you have to do a project presentation, your tutorial work will be to practice that and present it in your tutor group to receive feedback.

In terms of university, I think it's a good university, top 30 (at the moment 23 on Complete University Guide which is above a lot of Russell Group universities).
Most of the halls are quite modern and if you're fortunate enough to live in Founders Hall, it's absolutely beautiful and you can roll out of bed in your pajamas if you have a lecture in the Main Hall (which is in the Founders building).

Affordability, it's part of the University of London but slightly cheaper than London and there's so many opportunities on campus for part-time jobs e.g. student ambassador, library assistant, resident advisor which are all above minimum wage and I had 3 part-time jobs supplementing my income and it didn't add to my workload or stress. The student union shop isn't terribly priced, there's also a fresh food market by the students union and an asian market. We also have days when there's hot food stalls outside there and it's unreasonably priced. Event nights also do some cheap drinks or deals like 2 for 1.

I enjoyed RHUL far more than going to one of the top 5 UK universities for my master's.

**reasonably priced, my bad
Original post by Anonymous
**reasonably priced, my bad

which of the top 5. sounds strange that you found them worse. Cambridge, oxford, imperial, ucl, kcl are all very rigorous.
Royal holloway courses are not very well structured.
Original post by EnjoyDeath
which of the top 5. sounds strange that you found them worse. Cambridge, oxford, imperial, ucl, kcl are all very rigorous.
Royal holloway courses are not very well structured.

UCL. Some of my classmates went there for postgrad (we were all on different masters courses) and we all thought it was so poorly structured. No one was assigned a tutor until second term, timetable would change on the day, we got emails at 11am for a new lecture that afternoon. In comparison royal Holloway’s bioscience timetabling was well structured, supervisors and tutors were very engaging, deadlines were announced early. My first day at UCL the supervisor sat all of us down and sat don’t bother him for anything, don’t contact him and if we needed him for a reference we shouldn’t bother, he’ll write we turned up to lectures, we engaged in lectures, assignments were handed in etc. Very basic stuff.

My friends who went to UCL for bioscience undergrad absolutely hated it as well and wished they’d gone to their insurance.
Also I scored much easier high marks at UCL, everything was super unclear but I did find the marking far more lenient at UCL than at Royal Holloway.
Hey! I've just graduated Royal Holloway with a Biomedical Science degree. Personally, I really enjoyed Royal Holloway and thought it was a very good uni. The fact it is smaller and all based on one campus, unlike some larger London-based universities, I personally liked. Overall, I was satisfied with the teaching and the lecturers are very approachable; you can email them/ visit their offices and they are very willing to help. The department is also pretty good at listening to students' feedback and are willing to act on it which is nice. Hence, for me, the support and student satisfaction were very good.

In terms of affordability, it's not too bad. It's not in central London, so doesn't carry the heavy London price tag, but will be slightly more expensive than other areas. I was able to work part time in first yearto help finance, and there are plenty of jobs on campus to make it easy.

So, overall for me I would definitely recommend Royal Holloway and the Biological Sciences department- I had a great three years :smile:
Original post by Anonymous
Hey! I've just graduated Royal Holloway with a Biomedical Science degree. Personally, I really enjoyed Royal Holloway and thought it was a very good uni. The fact it is smaller and all based on one campus, unlike some larger London-based universities, I personally liked. Overall, I was satisfied with the teaching and the lecturers are very approachable; you can email them/ visit their offices and they are very willing to help. The department is also pretty good at listening to students' feedback and are willing to act on it which is nice. Hence, for me, the support and student satisfaction were very good.
In terms of affordability, it's not too bad. It's not in central London, so doesn't carry the heavy London price tag, but will be slightly more expensive than other areas. I was able to work part time in first yearto help finance, and there are plenty of jobs on campus to make it easy.
So, overall for me I would definitely recommend Royal Holloway and the Biological Sciences department- I had a great three years :smile:
Hey I’m a current applicant at royal Holloway for biomed and I didn’t firm my choice yet. As far as I’ve done my research and emailing, this biomed course isn’t accredited by ibms and upon emailing the bioscience department they recommend that student who’d want to work in nhs would be encouraged to enrol in a course which is accredited, which RH doesn’t have. So may I know how it works and if my job places will be limited if I get a non accredited biomed degree. Also may know since u graduated what jobs u do and if it’s easy to find after graduated from RH w unaccredited one
Thank you so much
Original post by Anonymous
Hi, I went to RHUL for Biochemistry (so many of my modules were overlapping with Biomedical Sciences all 3 years).
I personally loved it there and am so glad I cleared into RHUL as opposed to my first choice because it was a campus university and I had a great experience.
The teaching quality in the department of biosciences is pretty good in my opinion, you can always email or go to the lecturers when you need them and they hold revision sessions towards exam season. My lecturers even let me borrow their own textbooks when the library had run out during exam season.
There's tutorial every month or so where your tutor will set you work that is based on upcoming work you might have to do e.g. if you have to do a project presentation, your tutorial work will be to practice that and present it in your tutor group to receive feedback.
In terms of university, I think it's a good university, top 30 (at the moment 23 on Complete University Guide which is above a lot of Russell Group universities).
Most of the halls are quite modern and if you're fortunate enough to live in Founders Hall, it's absolutely beautiful and you can roll out of bed in your pajamas if you have a lecture in the Main Hall (which is in the Founders building).
Affordability, it's part of the University of London but slightly cheaper than London and there's so many opportunities on campus for part-time jobs e.g. student ambassador, library assistant, resident advisor which are all above minimum wage and I had 3 part-time jobs supplementing my income and it didn't add to my workload or stress. The student union shop isn't terribly priced, there's also a fresh food market by the students union and an asian market. We also have days when there's hot food stalls outside there and it's unreasonably priced. Event nights also do some cheap drinks or deals like 2 for 1.
I enjoyed RHUL far more than going to one of the top 5 UK universities for my master's.

Hey I’m a current applicant at royal Holloway for biomed and I didn’t firm my choice yet. As far as I’ve done my research and emailing, this biomed course isn’t accredited by ibms and upon emailing the bioscience department they recommend that student who’d want to work in nhs would be encouraged to enrol in a course which is accredited, which RH doesn’t have. So may I know how it works and if my job places will be limited if I get a non accredited biomed degree. Also may know since u graduated what jobs u do and if it’s easy to find after graduated from RH w unaccredited one
Thank you so much

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